HarperCollins’ BAME Graduate Scheme and Traineeship 2018

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Application Deadline- 19th April 2018

We tell stories for everyone. Our authors, who make that happen, are the core and heart of our business, and we’re proud to publish many from around the world, regardless of their ethnic background. From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Yiyun, we just want to tell great stories for all. To tell those stories, we need our business to represent as many people as possible: people like you.

HarperCollins was the first Publisher back in 2011 to work closely with Creative Access, to provide internship opportunities for young people from BAME backgrounds.  In 2016, HarperCollins launched its own BAME (black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic) traineeship, the first of its kind in the publishing industry. HarperCollins launched it because they are committed to diversity and inclusivity and they wanted to lead the way in shaking up the industry.  Their current business does not reflect the wider society as much as we think it should. Diversity is central to our success as a business, apart from being the right thing to do, we also want to reach the wider consumer market and therefore we are taking positive action to address this. After another successful traineeship in 2017, we’ve decided to do it again for a third year as the talent we employ has been exceptional.

This year’s recruitment process will feature many opportunities for you to demonstrate your creativeness, ambition and passion for our books. We don’t want to judge you purely based on a CV and covering letter, they want to get to know you face-to-face.

The successful candidates will be hired to undertake a twelve-month rotational traineeship around the business in London, with a choice to develop in a wide range of teams from publicity, marketing, editorial, production, strategy and audio. We give our trainees a mentor, plenty of training and loads of support. Even if you’re not successful to make it onto the trainee programme, we want to create a pipeline of exceptional talent and invite them to apply for other junior roles around the business.

So, that’s us. Now, onto what you need and don’t need to apply:

Here’s what you don’t need:

  • degree
  • Previous publishing experience

Here’s what you do need:

  • A passion for storytelling in all its all forms
  • An innovative and commercial approach
  • An eagerness to throw yourself into all areas our business
  • Potential to learn
  • A BIG bookshelf… you’ll need it!

Here’s how you apply:

Stage 1

The first stage is a video application. We want you have the chance to shine, to show us who you are in more detail than a CV and cover letter could tell us.

You’ll need your CV to hand, a quiet room and a device with a camera and internet access. We’d like you to think about the following questions before you film your video application:

  1. If you were to pitch a business idea for HarperCollins to the Executive Board, what would it be? (Tell us in 90 seconds)
  2. What’s the next book you’d like to see HarperCollins publish? Please explain what the book would be about. (Tell us in 90 seconds)

We’re going to ask you to tell us a bit about yourselves too, so start thinking about your USP (unique selling point) now.

Don’t worry if you’re not quite ready yet, you’ve got until the 19th April 2018 to finish filming. So that we keep on track and can watch all your videos, we cannot accept applications after that date.

Stage 2

After that we’ll give you a few weeks to breathe and then we’ll have an open day and an on-site assessment where you’ll meet some of the HarperCollins team for a brief interview and a drink!

Stage 3

The next stage will be a final assessment day – all to be revealed soon.

Stage 4

Offers to the selected trainees to join us in October 2018 for the start of their 12 month rotational programme.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the HarperCollins’ BAME Graduate Scheme and Traineeship

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